MAYOR Billy Webb has urged people across Newtownabbey to remember those less fortunate than themselves this Christmas.
Appealing to everyone to keep in mind the true spirit of Christmas and spread a little festive cheer, he commented: “I offer sincere greetings to all our residents of Newtownabbey.
“Christmas is a time when most of us are with family and friends, but let us remember those who are ill or bereaved or lonely, those who are miles from home and those in difficulty, particularly in these tough economic times.
“Perhaps in the true spirit of Christmas, we could all do just one thing to bring a little happiness into their lives.
“I hope you all have a Christmas that is happy, safe, warm and comfortable and that the weather will be kind to us.”
Deputy Mayor Victor Robinson added: “Over the last month I have been busy with the Mayor, at Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, and visiting schools for carol services, musical productions and Entrepreneurs Week, and it has been a great experience. When I see the talent of our young people and their positive way of thinking, it gives me great hope for the future of the borough.
“There have also been tragic circumstances, with families losing loved ones, all the more poignant so close to Christmas. We are thinking of them at this time.
“I would like to remember those who are facing hard times, financial and otherwise. I hope the new year brings better times for everyone.
“Newtownabbey is a great place to live, and the people are second to none. I would like to wish them all a merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2012.”